Show Date: May 27th, 2020
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Douglas R. “Doug” King
President and CEO
San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology
Doug King heads the SAMSAT organization as it seeks to tell the amazing story of science and technology in San Antonio, and to inspire and engage the students who will write its next chapters.
SAMSAT’s programs reach across the community from its Preview Center at Port San Antonio via outreach and on-line programming, engaging artifacts and exhibits, and the “Geekbus”.
SAMSAT supports educators and parents seeking to instill an interest and solid foundation in STEM skills in all young people, with a focus on underserved youth. It will partner with other organizations and school systems to help shape an innovative family experience and a substantive learning venue for the community in the landmark Innovation Center being developed by the Port.
King was previously CEO of the San Antonio Airpower Heritage Foundation, which is pursuing similar results using aviation and space heritage and inspiration.
Prior to his tenure at the SA Airpower Heritage Foundation, he was President and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle from 2010 to 2017, leading a team of more than 500 dedicated staff members, docents, and volunteers that sought to be the “foremost educational air and space museum in the world.” This team was responsible for an inspirational visitor experience, a world-class collection, and an impactful education program called the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning that reached more than 150,000 young people annually and included the state’s top ranked public high school. The Museum of Flight is the largest non-governmental air and space museum in the world, and one of only 900 museums in the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
King joined the Museum of Flight after fifteen years as President of the Saint Louis Science Center, the fourth largest in the country, and one of the nation’s 25 largest museums. While there he built a team that was rewarded with the Association of Science-Technology Center’s highest honor—the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award—three times, primarily for work that engaged underserved youth in a challenged community. He also helped found “Science Beyond the Boundaries”, a network to share museum programming that now reaches over 200 institutions around the world with annual attendance of more than 80 million people.
Prior to his work at the Saint Louis Science Center, King served for five years as president of Challenger Center for Space Science Education headquartered in Washington, DC. Founded by the families of the Challenger crew, the Challenger Center now has established educational facilities in more than 50 cities across North America, Japan, and England, including St. Louis, Seattle, and San Antonio.
Before becoming involved in education, he spent nearly 20 years in the electronics industry. King served as a vice president of the American Electronics Association and president of the Association of Technology Business Councils. He was appointed by the Administrator of NASA to Chair the Agency’s Education and Public Outreach Committee and by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to the Air Force Civic Leaders Group, where he earned the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, its highest civilian honor. He has also served as president of the Association of Science Museum Directors, Chairman of the NASA Education Advisory Committee, and as a member of the NASA Advisory Council, the Congressional Web-based Education Commission, the Board of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Accreditation Review Board of the American Alliance of Museums.
A native of Fresno, California, King received his BS degree in engineering management from Stanford University and his MBA in finance from the University of Washington. He is also proud to have served for ten years on active and reserve duty in the US Army. He and his wife, Stacy (Frieden), a native of San Antonio, have four adult children and seven amazing grandchildren..